Coaching, Consulting, Teaching, Music, and photography
I am a professional creativity, leadership, and career coach, consultant, educator, and facilitator based in Austin, Texas. I am the founder of Austin Writing Coach and co-founder of Syncreate, which offers creativity coaching, consulting, workshops, and retreats designed to enhance creativity in life and work, and to foster communication, collaboration, and community.
I am also affiliated with two Austin-based coaching and consulting firms, The Creative Executive and Coaching4Good / Wolfgang Career Coaching, where I offer executive/leadership, creativity, and career coaching to individuals and organizations. If you are looking to enhance your current professional path, make a career transition, develop your leadership skills, or infuse more creativity into your organization, please contact me to schedule an initial consultation!
My academic work and research focus on how creativity can facilitate meaning-making, insight, and healing. I am also a practitioner and teacher of mindfulness meditation and contemplative arts, as well as a musician and photographer.
I did my undergraduate work at Vassar College, focusing on cognitive science and music, and graduated with a B.A. in Biopsychology. I also have a Master's degree in Religious Studies from Indiana University, and a Master's degree in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts. I've taught college-level courses in academic writing, composition, and creative non-fiction at Tulane University in New Orleans, and have worked in academic writing centers at Tulane, Texas State University, and St. Edward’s University. From 2009-2013, I taught religious studies courses as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Humanities at Austin Community College. I completed my Ph.D. in Psychology with a Specialization in Creativity Studies at Saybrook University in 2018. I am also certified as a coach with the International Coach Federation.
I currently serve on the board of directors of the Jung Society of Austin, and I am a member of the International Coach Federation; the American Psychological Association Division 10 - The Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts; The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association; The Creative Education Foundation; and The Association for Contemplative Mind in Education.
I recently completed my Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in Creativity Studies, at Saybrook University. My research interests focus on the power of creativity and the arts to enhance insight, collaboration, and innovation. Specifically, my dissertation research explored how mindfulness and contemplative arts may be used to facilitate creativity and collaboration among teams in organizational contexts.
My full dissertation is available through ProQuest Dissertations & Theses. If you aren't able to access it there, please get in touch and I would be happy to send you a copy.
See below for my dissertation abstract and research overviews from recent conference presentations.